DVD/Blu-ray Releases — 4/12/2011

New options for your home viewing this week:

 

The first half of the first part of the final installment of the cinematic adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s massively popular book series displays the problem of what happens when one relies far too heavily on the source material.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I suffers even worse, since screenwriter Steve Kloves has spent the entirety of this series (save for number five, which, not coincidently, is the best film of the saga thus far) ignoring the important stuff, leaving many viewers who haven’t read the book scratching their heads whenever a new movie version came out.  It gets better after the rambling exposition, leaving hope for the climax (released this summer).  My review is here.  Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

The extraordinary problem of superheroes trying to live ordinary lives is the dilemma of Brad Bird’s The Incredibles, a loving ode to comic books and spy movies that serves as both a hilarious satire on suburban life and an exciting, inventive action film.  It’s available for the first time on Blu-ray, and the screen captures from the DVDBeaver.com review should leave you drooling.  My review from its initial release is here.

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About Mark Dujsik

Film critic since 2001. Writer/editor/publisher of Mark Reviews Movies, and contributor for RogerEbert.com and Magill's Cinema Annual. Member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society.
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